Ranch Hand needed at Bison & Cattle Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado ~ $40k

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Westcliffe, CO
Job Type
Full Time
$40,000 /yr + medical benefits
Date Posted
October 6, 2023
Housing Offered
2-5 yrs

Private ranch in the Wet Mountain Valley is seeking an immediate full-time ranch hand for a cow-calf cattle and bison operation located south of Westcliffe, CO.

The 2 ranches include 300-400 head of cattle on hay fields and rangelands. On the adjacent ranch 300-400 head of bison are managed on similar grazing conditions. Hay fields are flood irrigated in the spring and hay production occurs in late summer and early fall. We operate with a holistic management approach implemented by a team philosophy to care for the water, land, animals and the people. We are looking for a ranch hand that has strong work ethics, integrity, can be a team player by working well with others, a good communicator and have an open mind.

Job duties: Position ranch duties include feeding and breaking ice for herds in winter, fencing, equipment maintenance, irrigating, cutting hay and record-keeping. The ranch hand will work closely with ranch manager and other ranch hands on all aspects of planning, is expected to attend bi-weekly or monthly meetings with the team. Experience with ATV’s and horses is required. Employee is encouraged to bring their own horse.

Requirements: Motivated, valid driver’s license with clean record preferred. At least 3 years of experience with large scale (150 head livestock at least), experience in calving operations, including record keeping, branding, sorting and shipping operations and knowledge in the operation and maintenance of 100+ horsepower tractors, windrowers, large baler and tedder rakes.

Preferred qualifications: Mechanical skills, experience with welding, fencing, grazing management, and record-keeping. Interest in holistic planned grazing and land management, low stress livestock handling and multi-species operations a plus. Only serious motivated candidates with strong work ethics need to apply.

Salary: $40,000 per year, medical benefits, and a partially furnished private home, utilities included.


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